Lupe Fiasco responds to Fans who say they want the "Old Lu" Back ~ LUPEND

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lupe Fiasco responds to Fans who say they want the "Old Lu" Back


After responding to some fans on Twitter, who said that they are missing the "old Lu," Lupe wrote the following:

I just feel like a lot of people think they know what's best for an artist UNTIL they start to make art themselves or get involved in it. The forces you gotta satisfy actually making music for sale and also for creative integrity and progression is a tightrope walk.

Some artists find that groove and ride it very well then the global trends change and they find themselves taking a backseat. That's just how life is. But I wasn't into music for solely the sake of selling it or getting my ego stroked by fans.

I'd say most artists in the world make art because it brings them joy of some sort. Once you sacrifice that joy 4 others then things change. So instead of searching 4 this mythical "old Lu" u might be more happy just embracing the "NEW YOU" & maybe this "same Lu" dont fit in that.

50 comments:

  1. Welp...he told y'all...lol

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  2. I agree with him. He's improving his craft and progressing in his music. People who make the same thing over and over eventually fade. He's trying to stay relevant while making music that interests him and that he likes. I always said if you don't like his evolution he'll find fans that will and you can find someone else's dick to suck. I like every Lupe album except the majority of Lasers cause it shows his evolution in his rhyming technique whether he slows it down or speeds it up. he's always gonna be the lupe we knew just progressing in his music

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  3. I don't blame Lupe. Nothing wrong to evolve.

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  4. I agree! People need to understand that Artists grow and change over their careers and their music makes that change with them. The change doesn't make the music any worse, and people need to appreciate it for what it is. It's not what they're used to so they automatically want to criticize it, which is a damn shame! Let 'em know Lu!

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  5. He doesn't make music for your liking he makes music he enjoys to create.

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  6. Everyone in the comments already summed up what needed to be said.

    Lupe, keep doing you, regardless of what trends or expectations the zeitgeist tries to push on your crafts and passions.

    There's a difference between doing it for true self-expression and passion, and doing it solely as a job/business venture. Sadly too many artists fall into (or are pressured into) the latter.

    FNF UP!!!

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  7. This is enough by you Lu. I admire the fact that you havnt fallen to the trend that most artists fall under. Keep doing you and us true fans should have the ability to evolve with you. Sadly most people who claim to be fans do not do that.

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  8. Am I the only one who feels he hadn't changed at all?

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    1. No ur not...im probably lu most avid listener since he came out and I dont see a change the way ppl describe...hes just gotten better with time. His purpose of makin music and what it stands for has always been the same...positivity and making ppl aware and socially conscience....lu is the GOAT!!!

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  9. I'm glad he addressed the elephant in the room. I was starting to get agitated with so-called fans complaining about his artistic evolution. And it's just that: evolution .. but sadly too many are quick to label his transformation as "selling out". Selling out for who exactly? the label? his fans? the mainstream? .. well he receives criticism from all three for his chosen artistic path so clearly he is motivated by passion for doing what he choses to do.

    Personally, I think he's brave for consistently following the path he feels called too and having the courage to venture to different avenues of his art despite the attacks of his naysayers. Takes a true artist to be that disinhibited and fearless.

    "creativity is the absence of fear" - Erykah Badu

    Keep doing you, Lupe

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  10. I think there's a bigger picture with Lupe first Rothko the great american artist at a time when there really wasn't one....he blew up, and people Didn't appreciate it like HE wanted them to appreciate it...he hated that. His final years he painted black pictures .(his album "theGreat American rap album ") mirrors the Rothko documentary if you haven't seen it. I can say a lot more But won't. He just wanted to understand art and then people will catch onl later and a artistic form in slow motion over the years with people who will start to appreciat it not initially but in the end

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  11. I have don't have anything remotely close to the slightest idea of what it's like to be an artist (especially on a label like Atlantic). So I always gave Lupe the benefit of the doubt with his music choices - and I'm very thankful that he keeps putting out music.

    However, when I see pictures like the one posted above, I can't help but miss stuff like this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHjO88sC3c8

    Again, I'll never knock him. But it's hard not to miss that stuff.

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  12. Actually its easy to miss that Lu when this Lu comes up with this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BleNgw4RTMY

    remember the old one was a verse, this is an actual freestyle off the top.

    comin off the top like suicide jumpers landin on your block.

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  13. Awwwww man!!! So I guess I should stop hoping for the Lupe glory days back in Food and Liquor and The Cool huh!? Back then it wasn't just what he said, it was also how he said it.

    "And if the reign stops and everything's dry
    She would cry just so I can drink the tears from her eyes"

    This line isn't just an iconic Lupe line because it's absolutely brilliant! It's also iconic because of the way he said and delivered it! His delivery used to be a "broken lamp flow that nobody ain't touch."

    Now I ain't saying that Lupe's current flow his bad. Light Blue would have a long scolding at me if I said that. It's just that Lu was unstoppable back then.

    That said I do applaud him for keeping his artistic integrity. Not many are able to that. It's unreasonably to expect a 31 year old man to still be spitting like as if he's in his early 20's anyway.

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  14. Hopefully people stop bitching now. It' been beyond annoying hearing everyone complain about it every single time he makes a damn song.

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  15. The music Lupe makes will always come from his soul. If you are asking for the old version then you are constricting his mind and soul from being expressed feely. Rather grow with him, take the journey with this man. He has a lot to say. LISTEN! Team Lupe all the way

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  16. Lupe's evolution has hardly been as drastic as people claim... If you understood all the background happenings, which have been well documented, and which he OFTEN speaks about, you would never criticise this guy,

    If you wanna see how "artists sell out," go check out Linkin Park.. Holy Christ, I can't even stand them any more!

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    1. Linkin Park... Sell out... really? Horrible example. Especially since LP and Lupe are big fans and friends of eachother

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    2. Because they are fans of each other I am not allowed to criticise one of them? What sense does that make?

      Linkin park have become SO shit ever since MTM... That techno BS just isn't flying.

      You're the first person to tell you you're still on them... I'll stick to my Hybrid Theory and Meteora, thanks.
      :)

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  17. ^Seriously!
    I think Lupe is a good example of someone who is experimenting with his craft while making good music. Coldplay for example changes their style for every album, but you can still tell that it's Coldplay. Linkin Park= sell outs.

    I respect what Lupe is trying to do because all in all, you can tell that his new music still has roots in the old. He's allowed to try new things, and so far I've enjoyed all of it.

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    1. "People say the rap/rock shit is new. That shit aint new. We're constantly evolving." Please tell me how evolving your music is selling out. I don't understand how you guys say they sold out when they said that exact quote on Hybrid Theory in High Voltage. They let you guys know that they are going to evolve. You guys are just being ignorant.

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    2. Listen to Meteora, then listen to that capitulation called A Thousand Suns. Thats not evolution man, they just couldn't ride the Nu Metal wave anymore and COMPLETELY fucked the band.

      Its like Mr Han doesn't exist anymore. I loved his scratches.

      You need to get off this trip man. I feel like your argument is only going to devolve from here.. You don't seem to be able to substantiate anything you're saying. Being ignorant is not opposing and subsequently exposing the fallacy of foolish thought, being ignorant is what you are doing. To wit, not being able to accept the opinions of others.

      Peace.

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    3. If you were to ask Lu himself he would tell you that what he's doing is no different from what LP is doing. If anything you're the one being ignorant. At least I've given them a chance instead of just automatically criticizing their music because the "sound" changed. To me it doesn't matter know why? Because they still bring the lyrics that I fell in love with. The lyrics that I can relate to. Same thing with Lupe. That's why I've stuck around with LP and Lu because neither of them has changed in that aspect. Fans like you ONLY care about their old stuff because you fell in love with the "sound" of their music and not the lyrics. Maybe if you would appreciated them more you wouldn't of stopped listening. It's funny too because their new album had alot of "old" fans jumping back on the band wagon because if you listened to it (which you probably didn't) you would of known that they brought back their old sound in multiple tracks.

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    4. The topic of this debate has been going on forever with artists from every genre. Just because you're a "die hard fan" and you agree that everything the artist puts out is great, doesn't make you more of a fan. Look at Michael Jackson and compare his earlier solo work and his later ones. Why do you think people consider those records with Quincy classic?

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  18. I completely understand the concept of growing as an artist. I'm just saying, as an "avid listener", that when I pop in A Rhyming Ape I can't help but miss that style.

    Kanye is an example of someone who has "grown" as an artist. I'll always miss the College Dropout sound. But that doesn't mean I don't like his other albums. I think you can argue that every album he made should be considered a classic.

    Kanye was a great producer and good rapper who evolved into the best artist of our generation. The thing with Lupe is he started off better than anyone (except maybe Nas?) When you start off on the level that he did, expectations are very high.

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    1. Best?
      Artist???
      of?
      Our...?
      GENERATION??!!

      Stop trolling mate.

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    2. Trolling and a actual opinion are two different things.

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    3. Yeah man, if its his opinion, then its his opinion. I think you need to recheck you're definition of trolling

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    4. Some opinions are so absurd though. Forgive me for not taking him, or you, seriously.

      Putting a whole bunch of trash on a cd and shoving it down the throats of every person on the planet who have access to public media does not deem one an "artist."

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    5. Did you like Kanye's earlier music, like College Dropout and Late Registration? I'm just asking.

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  19. I think people tend to forget before he is an artist he is a human being. An through his artistry we get to see that evolution of a human being. We got music from a youngin that grew up in the ghetto to someone who has experienced life in a well rounded manner. So b/c of that we get to see it in his music. Not to mention he is very well read. I know people hate on the whole Rothko thing...but I think the approach to it was genius. I mean what he did was give us a whole new of seeing and thinking about how we create music. It's an art form and I think he delivered that very well. I know we didn't hear all of what he did with it but from his explination of it as a WHOLE piece was great. As a person who is visually gifted in art form I get people of Lu's calibar. If Rick Ross commended Lupe on FL2...then wtf is wrong with the rest of us...We haven't heard anything from Testuo & Youth yet, but I think it's gonna be a nice work. Akira was a good movie and if he uses that conceptually to tell us a story...rappers might be in trouble...lol!

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    1. "We got music from a youngin that grew up in the ghetto to someone who has experienced life in a well rounded manner"...well put, I don't think certain fans are growing with him...what is he to do about that?

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    2. Is that HIS job? I mean u can expose yourself to the people, but it's up to them to come along. U can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink.

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  20. He is the same Lupe, at his core. Real Lupe fans would know that. He's just growing. He's now finding his voice. Yall just butthurt cuz yall like Lu before started to clear his throat.
    If anything THIS is the real Lupe. Can't be mad at that

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    1. Word... The same can't be said for artists like LP though.

      Those guys just piss everyone off these days. And it sucks because they hide behind the "artist" rhetoric. Losers.

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    2. @Anonymous "those guys just piss everyone off these days." Ok this is obviously just your biased opinion but please keep it as such. Not EVERYONE is pissed off about their music. You can't speak for everyone else in the world. I for one still am a fan and will remain as such.

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  21. Never thought Lupe changed, just his production which isn't bad but could be better at times but Lupe still got those intricate records that shits on ALOT of people, Nas doesn't even get that much hate from his fans and he's held on a higher pedestal than Lupe, it's like Nas can change but Lupe has to stay 06 Lupe or everything he does is bad, it's ridiculous, I've enjoyed FNL2, there wasnt one song I didn't like on the album and it showed how Lupe has changed over the years, every album from him is different, if someone like Joey Bada$$ keeps rapping like it's the 90's then he'll get old and fade away while Lupe keeps evolving and getting better at his craft.

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  22. Speaking of Old Lu' I want that T-Shirt!

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  23. I think Lupe is dealing with something emotionally different creatively. After doing a bit of research on the content of his lyrics and interviews. Which is effecting his production level making it glitchy like he lost his fire (old lu) or his laser (Beamin Lu) or something, but it comes back now and then. I think he is a bit depressed with the world as to being a good guy and a LASER because if you find out the true reason he went on this "Righteous Kung fu" thing hard (bascially being a moral activist) is because of his Dad's death telling him to tell the truth, Around the time of the production of the Cool album. His always spoken morally concious but from a hood point of view like hip hop saved his life, from drug dealing just to get by. And you know he used to push Ki like drangon ball z, but he ain't no super Saiyin (if you know what im saying). In fact i believe he is Michael 'Cool' Young History, who he feels bad for his past and asks God for forgiveness in 'The Coolest'. I think his past upsets him and the reality of what it is and people still in in like Cheef Keef still living in it an being unrepentant but loving it. This imagery hurts him and makes him cry like he did on TV. But this cry baby is crying for a reason, people can change like he did (so hope for Keef)thats what his music. No life is about now, but his still a novice that started properly at this at his lasers album. But it is a hard walk and is very emotional effecting his music and espeically his albums like F&L2 where he has one of his best track ever Strange Frution to some of his worst. The rock and techon music are fine when his focus is well (as he seems like he cant be bothered with life many times, even hint of death) but track like UnKool and American Terrorist 2 to name a few are excituted well as he seems focuesed and hungry enough. Which notably (American Terroist 2) was to be his last song when the 'beef' with Keef kicked off, not cos he was scared but coz people just don't seem to care for people that care for people to be good. I think Tenus and Youth may attack this issuse. Hope this helped, all prayers to Lu and his mission, pray God helps him and us. in Jesus name(sorry had to) . Amen

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  24. Its almost like he is trying to force himself into this martyr position. Atlantic should of understood that Lupe Fiascos brand was just being him and everything that came with it. Once they tried to change that, all was lost. He wasn't gonna be a million in the first week type artist, but I believe his fanbase was strong enough to be left as it was and still sell records. The whole LASERS movement and manifesto could have been a BIG transition for his cause had it been marketed right. Didn't happen unfortunately. I feel he is at his best when he speaks on more issues know across the board rather that abroad based on his personal interest. Alot more people can relate to Jonylah Forever than him speaking on issues in Israel. I maybe wrong.

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  25. and for christ sake PLEASE use ALL Soundtrakk production on the next album.

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  26. It's a shame the 'evolution' of lupe kinda sucks. Food & Liquor and The Cool were amazing albums, classic pieces of hip hop in my opinion. They were so deep with an amazing concept. His mixtapes were legit too.
    I'm happy for him if he's happy I guess but I'm probably not going to listen to new stuff, just not my style of music.

    -- Hustler for death, no heaven for a gangster

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  27. I totally agree with him. I mean, just because an artist is growing and at times may want to experiment with different sounds they are selling out? And even if they are growing and you want the same stuff over and over again, you have to go against what you want to do and make the same old stuff for your fans, even when you don't want to? People often forget that Lupe and all other music artists, are people just like us that grow as the time changes, gaining more knowledge as the grow, getting wiser with age. So what if his music does not have the same sound as it once did? Of course it wont be the same because he has changed, but so has every single person in existence, they have and will continue to do so over the course of their lifetime. But even so, he still is and always will be Lupe Fiasco. LUP The Man is one of the best hip-hop artists to ever grace the mic, and as he evolves and gets older, his music gets better. I know he will have many more years of great music to come.

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  28. But he says he's never gonna change, that he's never gonna be like any other rapper out there. And then he is? I understand that he's gotta make money, but was that the whole point all along? I see music as an expression of what people are feeling and something that others can relate to. At least that's what I thought. Now it's just about what's selling? Cliche, but still. I thought I understood what it was that Lu was tryin' to do, then again I'm not an n-word in Lu's definition. So what now? I guess I better get with the times, and realize that no matter how much I wish it wasn't so, a good thing never lasts. I mean, it's just a song, right?

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